Complex Reconstruction

Complex reconstruction procedure.If you fracture an ankle due to a car accident or a sports-related injury, complex reconstruction can restore the damaged bones or joints and improve your mobility. At North Florida Foot & Ankle Specialists, Joshua Epstein, DPM, AACFAS, FACPM, and Sarina Epstein, DPM, AACFAS, use complex reconstruction to correct foot and ankle issues and restore normal function. To make an appointment in Gainesville or Lake City, Florida, call the nearest office today.

What is complex reconstruction?

Complex reconstruction is a type of orthopedic surgery that treats injuries, structural abnormalities, or diseases that affect the feet and ankles. Unlike minimally invasive surgery, most types of complex reconstruction involve traditional open techniques. As a result, they’re more complex and present certain risks.

What conditions can benefit from complex reconstruction?

North Florida Foot & Ankle Specialists uses complex reconstruction to treat various issues, including:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Neuromas
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Fractures

You might also be a candidate for complex reconstruction if you have rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or post-traumatic arthritis.

What are some examples of complex reconstruction?

North Florida Foot & Ankle Specialists offers several types of complex reconstruction, including:

Ankle arthrodesis

Ankle arthrodesis is a procedure that treats severe arthritis. It involves your surgeon making a series of incisions at the front of your ankle and then fusing the bones together with screws, rods, or plates. Arthrodesis increases the joint’s stability, making it easier to walk, stand, and exercise.

Total ankle replacement

Total ankle replacement is a type of complex reconstruction that replaces a diseased or damaged ankle joint with an artificial prosthesis. Your surgeon uses special bone cement to hold the new joint in place, restoring your mobility.

Foot reconstruction

Foot reconstruction is a type of complex surgery that restores your function and mobility. Your surgeon uses special tools to repair or remove pieces of damaged or diseased tissue.


Bunionectomy is a complex operation that removes a bunion –– a hard, bony bump that forms at the base of your big toe. During a bunionectomy, your surgeon realigns the bones at the front of your foot, removes inflamed tissue, and applies a compression bandage to hold your toe straight.

Do I need complex reconstruction?

To see if you’re a candidate for complex reconstruction, make an appointment at North Florida Foot & Ankle Specialists. Following an exam, a series of X-rays, and a review of your health history, your provider can develop a treatment plan that aligns with your needs.

What is recovery like following complex reconstruction?

Following complex reconstruction, you might have to stay several nights in the hospital. In the days after the procedure, it’s normal to experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Take any medication as prescribed, attend each follow-up appointment, and follow your provider’s recovery plan carefully.

To learn more about the benefits of complex reconstruction, make an appointment at North Florida Foot & Ankle Specialists by calling the nearest office today.